This week was a particularly eclectic set, an electronic amalgam of ambient, trip-hop, experimental influences. The only constant was a break from the traditional song structure while maintaining a sense of melodic listenability. A level of weird, the beauty of the mysterious undiscovered. The patron saints of this show were Can, Stereolab, and Radiohead… our sonic guides!
STEREOLAB cybele’s reverie- emperor tomato ketchup
GRIMES oblivion- visions
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG paradisco- stage whisper
VITALIC poison lips
Congrats Nick on winning tickets to Vitalic at 103 Harriet!!!!
BJORK all is full of love- homogenic
BRIAN ENO deep blue day- apollo (atmospheric, dreamy, exactly what a deep blue day feels like)
PICTURE PLANE gang signs- dark rift
PANTHA DU PRINCE stick to my side four tet remix
STEREOLAB metronomic underground- emperor tomato ketchup
RADIOHEAD electioneering- ok computer
PORTISHEAD roads- dummy
MASSIVE ATTACK paradise circus (gui borratto remix)- heliogold (wonderful fan vid featuring footage from jean cocteau’s film “blood of a poet”)
The term nostalgia describes a yearning for the past, often in idealized form. The word is a learned formulation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning “homecoming”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning “pain, ache”.
(Definition via the ever accurate and always trustworthy source of our times, Wikipedia.)
As an admitted nostalgia fiend, there are few things I find pleasure in more than reading a weathered book with someone else’s notes scrawled in the margins, a looped, cursive signature of a stranger on a yellowed LP cover, a ripped tag from a foreign brand on a secondhand, delightfully unique garment. The mystery of discovering the joys of lives once lived, grasping at the small tokens of pleasure that perhaps contributed to a sense of purpose, escapism, longing, beauty… an infinite possibility of meanings, never fully uncovered.
The minutiae of life help to drive us through the daily slog of the mundane, fuel our aspirations, and tell our stories beyond our ultimate demise. In discovering the artifacts of the past, the eternal and the temporal nature of existence is fused together in a moment. I find myself infatuated with the past partially due to to the terminal nature of life, in the dark hope that the minuscule items that contribute to my sense of self will somehow transcend my time kickin’ it as a corporeal being. Our lives are ever changing, constantly moving, but the significance of past histories remains, the ideas behind them will never die.
(Side note: the auditory accompaniment for this article is provided by Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th”.)
One of my luckiest finds: an issue of LIFE magazine from January 9, 1970. Fascinating speculations about the future, analysis of cultural norms, beautiful photography and design aesthetics.
Streisand and a Picasso.
These statistics are from your parents’ lifespans. Illuminating, fascinating, and more than a little disturbing.
“What sort of society are our computers and computer-oriented society driving us?”
Predictions of androgyny for 1970’s fashion.
Fantastic Rolling Stones book (The First Twenty Years):
LBJ-era political cartoons:
How much has changed, and how much is exactly the same?
San Francisco seems to be an endless treasure trove for individuals who are drawn to the unique histories of the past. Other recommendations for those who love to imagine stories told in the waxy wood grain of weathered bar tops:
Aub Zam Zam: Sip a wicked martini with the 3 pm-Tuesday regulars in this decadently divey Haight locale. The lush red walls, dingy carpets, and gold-encrusted Persian mural behind the bar are the original 1940’s decor… try to find the black-and-white framed photo in the back of this haunt in its heyday!
Cafe Du Nord: Originally opened during the Prohibition era, Cafe Du Nord feels like a hidden relic, a dark-wooded basement gem (featuring an excellent live music roster). In more recent nostalgia news, apparently it was THE place for the late ’80’s gothic scene, with a wildly popular event called “Dark Sparkle”… how intriguing!
St Francis Fountain: Operating continuously since its inception in 1917, this wood-paneled Mission diner evokes the days of the sock-hop while you are served vegan soyrizo and artisanal coffee by attractively grungy servers (how appropriate for the neighborhood). Past ‘n’ present, UNITE!
What are your favorite places to reminisce about a lost time that perhaps never even existed?
Listen to this (slightly amended) playlist on Spotify! Good in a weird way… beautiful with a touch of stomach-churning.
The show was largely influenced by London-based Warp Records, famed for their pioneering electronic catalogue, ranging from ambient to acid house to techno (genres frequently described as ‘intelligent dance music’ (IDM)). Their offerings range from experimental legend Aphex Twin to CANT, the 2011 side project of Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. This playlist also chronicles my continued infatuation with melodic, melancholic Broadcast (also off of Warp!). I gave away a pair of tickets to Sleigh Bells at Noise Pop… congratulations Pedro, have an ear-splittingly good time!
BROADCAST corporeal- tender buttons
RADIOHEAD little by little- the king of limbs
BOARDS OF CANADA sunshine recorder- geogaddi
THE RADIO DEPT never follow suit
GIL SCOTT HERON i’m new here- i’m new here
ZOMBY alothea- dedication
DCFC codes & keys yeasayer remix
CRYSTAL CASTLES 1991- crystal castles
FLYING LOTUS zodiac shit/ computer face- cosmogramma
MOUSE IN MARS stereomission- iaora tahiri
SQUAREPUSHER theme from sprite- hello everything
APHEX TWIN xtal- selected ambient works
BROADCAST tears in the typing pool- tender buttons
JON BRION phone call- eternal sunshine
TUNE-YARDS real live flesh- real live flesh
GANG GANG DANCE chinese high- eye contact
CANT the edge- cant
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW forever heavy- dandelion gum
HUNDRED IN THE HANDS dead ending- the hundred in the hands
SLEIGH BELLS tell ’em- treats
CONGRATS PEDRO YOU WON TICKETS TO SLEIGH BELLS @ NOISEPOP!! yaaaah buddy
TY SEGALL my head explodes- goodbye bread
GRIZZLY BEAR two weeks (fred falke remix)
TYCHO a walk- dive
BROADCAST come on let’s go- the noise made by people
PORCELAIN RAFT talk to me- gone blind
BONOBO light pattern- dial m for monkey
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